Jury Selection Begins For Man Accused Of 2018 Murder

After being suspended for a good part of a last year, pending trials have been stacking up for Shasta County. Jury selection has started for a man accused of murdering a woman he had been dating. The body of 50-year-old Anna Louise Coker of Shingletown was found in August of 2018 in a rock crevice west of the Battle Creek Reservoir. The discovery was made by a Cal-Fire crew who had been fighting a nearby vegetation fire. Coker’s body was badly burned, but apparently not by the same fire that brought Cal-Fire to the scene. Sheriff’s detectives arrested 50-year-old Frank Alexander Berry of Shingletown two days later after learning that the two had been dating for several weeks. Berry apparently knew they were looking for him because he had disguised himself with a hat, glasses, and fake moustache, and had colored his eyebrows with a felt marker. He was also armed when he was arrested. He’s been in jail ever since, with bail set at 2.5 Million Dollars on charges including first degree murder, two counts of arson, and being a felon with a gun. He also has a prior strike.